High School Sports, homeschooling, and equal access
Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:58 AM
After many inquiries, we were given numerous different answers and narrowed down the conclusion that this sort of thing may be up to the school's athletic director or state high school athletic association.
It appears that they may be asked to take 4 core classes in order to be sports-eligible. We are not entirely against this, yet would prefer to keep homeschooling in the core classes. Courses like typing, computers, foreign language, and music are appealing options, however.
I am doing as much research as possible right now and learned of the "Tim Tebow Law." If this doesn't sound familiar, Tim Tebow was the Heisman Trophy winner this year. He was homeschooled throughout high school and participated on a few school teams. The law in his namesake mentions equal-access to school activities for homeschoolers based on the fact that homeschoolers are taxpayers.
Does anyone have experience or suggestions on how we should approach the schools regarding this issue? I'd like to be respectful and friendly about it, yet would like the school to know we are serious about pursuing this matter further if necessary.
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:10 AM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:30 AM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:47 AM
Other schools might not be so lenient. The thing about football is, at least here, there is no homeschool outlet for it. The ps is the only place to do it. It is the one sport that really motivates my ds to keep himself in shape. I couldn't keep that from him.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:50 AM
I belive Kentucky right next door to us allows homeschoolers to partcipate in sports.
On the military posts, the DOD schools allow homeschoolers to take classes and participate in sports and ROTC.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:51 AM
1. The laws (if any) in your state.
2. The state high school association by-laws.
3. The local school district policy on part-time attendance.
4. The local school district policy on sports eligibilty.
All that information can usually be found online. Once you know those and there are no roadblocks, then I would approach the school starting with the principal. I would request nicely in writing what your proposal is.
Hope this helps.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 11:56 AM
It all goes by the individual rules for the state Interscholastic Athletics Association (NHIAA here).
Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:10 PM
One thing I would like to recommend...if your child is going to participate in the athletic program, visit the website for the high school athletic association for your state. In Florida (where we live), there are certain requirements and forms that must be submitted at specific times of the school year. Since we are the first home school family to participate in sports through the school, they were unaware of any of these requirements, so it falls to me to sure that everything is filed correctly. This is a vital part of your child's athletic participation since the high school athletic association will not make exceptions for anyone.
Hope this helps. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience this year and are looking forward to many more years of it (I believe I have 9 more years of sitting in those bleachers!).
Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:44 PM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 02:56 PM
The law in Florida which allowed Tim Tebow to play was originally pushed by our homeschool lobbyist so that her son could participate in ps extracurriculars. Unfortunately, the legislative channels tooks so long that her son was unable to take advantage of the law. Do you have a state homeschool lobbyist? Can you find out what inroads have been made in your state? Can you find out what is being done around the state?
Also, you might want to check our a private school. Tebow (and his brother who also got a college football scholarship) played initially for a private school. Many private schools are very welcoming to homeschooled students.
(and if this is Camy of many boybarians and a couple little ladies, welcome back!)
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:05 PM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:16 PM
In Virginia, basically the homeschoolers don't have ANY access to school programs, sports or otherwise.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:10 PM
Our kids participated in band and sports in Colorado and are now doing this in Minnesota. At all times school personell have been wonderful, inviting, glad to have us. However, I would think the welcome a student gets depends on the attitude of individual administrators. We are fortunate to live in a rural area that lacks players. They are glad to have our kids to fill up the team!
Also, if you are able to be involved in sports booster clubs that is a nice way to become more "part of the gang" of school parents/coaches. You may not be seen so much as an outsider or intruder, but rather someone who supports the team as a whole.
Good luck! We feel so fortunate to have access. If we didn't, it would have been a serious roadblock to homeschooling for my dh (at least initially). I wish all had this available.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:40 PM